THE ACTOR’S LAUNCHPAD

Dealing With Rejection

Let’s face it, nobody likes to be rejected but to become a professional actor, it is something you are going to have to face time and time again. Fear of rejection is perfectly normal, but instead of seeing it as a bad thing, think of it as being one step closer to that role that is perfect for you.

Here are our tips for dealing with rejection as an actor:

1. Understand that this is a business. It’s not personal. If you didn’t book the role, it’s very likely to be just because someone else was a better fit for what they had in mind and not that you did anything wrong.

2. Don’t ignore your feelings. It’s OK to be gutted about not getting that role you had your heart set on. It doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human. Give yourself a set time to feel the emotions and then pick yourself back up and carry on.

3. Review your auditions. Be careful here… I am not encouraging you to pick apart everything you did wrong- definitely not. Here’s how to review your auditions effectively.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What went well?
  • What could have been better?
  • What will I change next time?
  • What did I learn?
  • Then that’s it! Move on to step 4.

4. Do something that makes you feel awesome. Spend time with positive people who believe in you, record an improvised piece or a monologue that you know you do well, dance around the house to your favourite uplifting tune, sing at the top of your voice, have a hot bath or punch the hell out of a punch bag. Whatever works for you!

This week’s challenge.

Make a scrapbook, or set u a file on your PC, for all of your positive reviews, feedback and comments to go. Keep adding to it as they come and look back on it every time you need to be reminded of just how awesome you really are!